Join an Agri-Business Tour to Laguna

Metro Tagaytay is conveniently close to the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, and Laguna.  And just as it is in Tagaytay City and the neighboring towns, there are also a lot of farms in these provinces.

Costales Farms Agri-Tour

Shared by agri-entrepreneur Jason Javier. If you’d like to know more about investing in an agri-business, you may want to check this out.

In fact, one of our observations with the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay is the rise of all kinds of farms– from organic agri-ventures, to farms that specialize in raising particular livestock (such as hogs the odorless way, or rabbits for fun and profit), and farms that support nearby restaurants (such as those belonging to Gourmet Farms, or Mushroom Burger, among others).

Pangilinan Encourages Pinoys to Pursue Agri-Business

Here at Tagaytay Living, we believe that agri-business is the way to go. Investing in agricultural projects goes a long way towards not just our own food security, but also as viable business ventures for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

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At the recent Agri-Negosyo Summit of Go Negosyo, Secretary Francis Pangilinan of the Presidential Consultant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization encouraged Filipinos to invest in the agriculture industry.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit (GNAS) aimed to present various business models from farming, fishing, and animal rising. The event recognized inspiring agricultural entrepreneurs oragripreneurs who have significantly contributed to their communities’ development.

Bed-and-Breakfasts, Boutique Hotels, and Inns

We’ve got a lot of friends figuring out where to stay in Tagaytay for the weekend.  And one of the most common questions we get is “what’s the difference between a hotel and a bed-and-breakfast”.

Photo courtesy of The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay.

Photo courtesy of The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay.

Aside from B&B’s, you also have Boutique Hotels, and Inns.  In many cases, these terms get interchanged, but as it turns out, each of these establishments have key differences that set them apart from regular hotels.

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Grafted Fruit-bearing Plants Are a Hit with Tagaytay Visitors

Among some of the must-buy items for those visiting the Mahogany Market in Tagaytay, more than organic veggies, tawilis and maliputo, or other pasalubong, it seems that grafted fruit-bearing trees are at the top of the list. Today’s featured article comes from

Lychee fruit. Photo by B. Navez.

For entrepreneur Rosalina Piñol, selling fruit-bearing plants can be a good business because there are a lot of people who enjoy growing their own fruit trees.

Piñol says she did not want to sell actual fruits, but always wanted to sell fruit-bearing trees and let the customers see the trees grow on their own backyards.

She says she learned grafting and soon was able to find suppliers who can do the grafting for her and all she has to do is to be familiar with the plants and promote the fruit-bearing trees.

Grafting is widely used in agriculture and horticulture where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another producing a highly productive plant.

With 5,000 pesos in capital, Piñol started her small business in February 2009.

“I started buying plants that are readily available and are more familiar to customers. Then from there, it just evolved quickly to where it is right now,” she recalls.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

She later started to sell hybrid coconut dwarf, seedless atis, star apple, lychee, American lemon, guaple, lanzones, and almost every fruit that one can find growing in a tropical country.

“These plants grow with the help of organic fertilizer which also makes the fruits a lot safer to eat and they grow faster compared to plants planted in the usual way,” she says.

According to Piñol, although she does not have a lot as big as others right now, she encourages those with a lot of big spaces to grow fruit-bearing trees and sell them as an alternative livelihood.

Aside from fruit-bearing plants, Piñol also offers forest tree ornamentals and culinary herbs.


Original post by Marjorie Gorospe for Thanks to Creative-Meals for the atis photo, B.Navez for the lychee photo, and Trainee Agriculturist for dwarf coconut photo.

Ara Vista Village Fosters an Active Lifestyle

Ara Vista Village is the latest real estate development venture from AMA Communities. Inc. Located in Gen. Trias, Ara Vista is located right along Crisanto de los Reyes Avenue, just after Amadeo, Cavite.

One of the model homes at Ara Vista.

One of the model homes at Ara Vista.

With health and fitness as top priorities for families today, parents now prefer a more dynamic neighborhood that encourages their children to play and be active. The 50-hectare Ara Vista Village in Gen. Trias, Cavite – masterplanned by Palafox Associates – has all the venues to make this happen.

As a self-contained township development, Ara Vista Village has everything that a family needs, including several family-oriented amenities that promote a more active lifestyle.

An artist's rendition of the proposed clubhouse area.  Photo from the Ara Vista website.

An artist’s rendition of the proposed clubhouse area. Photo from the Ara Vista website.

Families can bond over sports and fitness activities at the tennis and basketball courts, or enjoy a relaxing dip in the cool waters of the adult and kiddie pools. Themed parks and playgrounds where moms can take their young ones for a bit of fun and exercise are also available.

Meanwhile, parents looking for a more relaxing and serene form of activity will find the scenic tree-lined jogging paths and bicycle lanes as well as the lush green gardens perfect for an invigorating early morning run or stress-relieving yoga sessions.

The Ara Vista Master Development Plan.  Photo courtesy of the Ara Vista website.

The Ara Vista Master Development Plan. Photo courtesy of the Ara Vista website.

More than just promoting an active lifestyle, the amenities in Ara Vista Village are also designed to foster a close-knit community among the residents. Families can converge at any of these spots or at the clubhouse where many community activities can be held. Dubbed as a telepolis for transforming information age technology into a physically built subdivision, Ara Vista Village features Wi-Fi connectivity in several common areas to keep families connected to the virtual world anytime of the day.

To learn more about Ara Vista Village, visit or e-mail at or call +632.822.3443

(Article from The Philippine Star)

Property Sector Drawing Keen Interest of Retirement Haven Seekers

Metro Tagaytay is one of the country’s leading retirement destinations, according to commercial real estate consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), and real estate companies are about to cash in on this opportunity.

Tagaytay Living 03 960x345pxReal estate companies in the Philippines may find growth opportunities in the tourism market, as the country becomes a haven for foreign retirees, a consultancy firm said on Thursday.

“As the ageing population increases, the need for specialization on the segment also intensifies,” Jones Lang LaSalle regional director Lindsay Orr said during the company’s Midyear Market Report.

The number of older people in less developed countries is expected to increase 140 percent between 2006 and 2030, compared with the 51 percent increase forecast in developed countries.

The low cost of living, tropical climate, natural attractions, expatriate-friendly destinations, English-speaking environment and special resident retiree’s visa provision in the Philippines make the country a favored retirement destination for foreigners, said Orr.

JLL listed Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Subic, Tagaytay, Dumaguete and Clark as the leading retirement destinations in the country. In Metro Manila, Makati is said to be the first choice of foreign retirees.

(Reported by Keith Richard D. Mariano for GMA News)

Chilli Plants

5 Easy To Grow Chilli Plant Varieties

In a previous post, Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants.  He continues with a number of easy-to-grow chilli plant varieties, so here we are with his five recommendations to get started.

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red

My parents grow these with a frustrating ease, minimal effort and maximum output as they have been specially developed for windowsill growing in pots.

They produce ‘demon’ horn chillies that face up and turn from green to a bright, vibrant red. They also grow in a bushy way, so don’t need much space above them. Heed the warning though, as they pack a considerable punch, so my general rule is use one for each person you cook for.

Don’t eat them raw – it will hurt.

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita


These guys I have grown with success last year and are great for pickling. Their colour also varies when they mature which can be a spectacular sight.

They aren’t as hot as the demon chillies above, but they are good to just pick off and eat raw. If you’ve got the space, plant these outside and they’ll get to 1m tall and give you lots of colourful fruits.

If you do plant them outside in a big pot, its best to stick a wooden pole next to the plant for support, as they will (hopefully) become heavy with fruit.

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb

This plant will provide you with fleshy cherry-like globular fruit that have a slight kick. Again they’re great for pickling, and you may often have seen them stuffed with cheese or a filling. They’re a bit different as normally chillies have a tapered end, but these guys are squat and proud.

Click here to read more about 10 Survival foods you can grow.

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook


Probably one of the best known varieties, I grew these from a pot, on my windowsill two years ago. They are long, tapered and fiery chillies that you can cook with whether green or red. Green they are great in burgers, kebabs and salads. Red they fantastic in stir fry’s and Mexican cooking.

The accompanying picture is probably a third of my yield two years ago, showing just how easy they are to grow. Again they’re a variety that you can plant out later on and will grow big and tall. Probably not Jack and the Beanstalk height, but not far off.

Unless you fancy an unpleasant, milk crazed twenty minutes, don’t eat these raw.

Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

This variety is renowned for growing well in cooler climates, and is a multi-purpose chilli. Pickle it, eat it raw, pop it on salads or use it for decoration as the fruits vary in colour. They are often picked when yellow, just before they ripen.

I have also eaten these chillies when they’ve been stuffed with cheese as despite their name, they are relatively mild. The plant will keep producing long after summer so long as you keep taking the fruits.

(Article by Louie Watts, via Good To Be Home by Anglian.)

Camella Boosts Master-planned Communities

Camella Homes by Vista Land is the flagship housing project of the Villar group of companies.  The Cavite development is minutes away from Tagaytay City.

With its unparalleled expertise through decades of experience in the housing industry, Camella, the flagship brand of Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., has redefined home development in the Philippines by not just building beautiful and affordable homes, but by creating master-planned communities.

Camella HomesCamella master-planned communities are designed to be self-contained, offering everything from commercial centers, retail stores, restaurants, convenience stores, drugstores, and groceries or supermarkets; to educational establishments, hospitals, offices, even churches and other centers for worship.

LRA Computerized System Allows Titleholders Online Access

The LRA Computerized System is currently being implemented by the Land Registration Authority to help expedite titling issues and concerns.  The following is an excerpt from an article on The Philippine Star.

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The Land Registration Authority (LRA) will soon allow the public to validate the location of their titled property, inform property owners about Registry of Deeds action on their property by way of short messaging service (SMS) or text message, and give them the opportunity to trace their titles’ history and legitimacy through computerized information.

From Sea to Hill: Developers Eye Vacation Condos in Tagaytay

The top Philippine real estate developers still have a number of ongoing developments that hope to meet the demand for more vacation condos in Tagaytay, particularly residential properties near beaches and tourist sites.

The development of Ayala Serin in Tagaytay is in full swing.  Photo courtesy of the Avida Land official website.

The development of Ayala Serin in Tagaytay is in full swing. Photo courtesy of the Avida Land official website.

Ayala Land reported P9 billion in sales last year from its 10-year-old Anvaya Cove leisure project in Morong, Bataan.

As the economy grows, resort demand is spreading to the middle class.

SM Prime‘s Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas is also getting a lot of attention because of its beach condos.

Now, real estate firms are hiking up from the sea to the hill. Both Ayala and SM are building so-called vacation condominiums in Tagaytay.

An aerial view of Tagaytay Highlands.  Photo courtesy of the Tagaytay Highlands official website.

An aerial view of Tagaytay Highlands. Photo courtesy of the Tagaytay Highlands official website.

Ayala’s subsidiary Avida Land said it is expanding its Serin property in Tagaytay because of rising demand.

“Tagaytay is still really your number one local tourist destination south of Metro Manila…It’s really a place they like to go to on weekends and even for longer periods of time,” said Avida Land senior division manager Herbert Herrero.

Herrero said Serin is targeted at the middle income market who may want to buy a second property for a vacation home or an investment to be rented out to tourists.

With controversies surrounding other condo projects such as Torre de Manila, Herrero was quick to say that the buildings do not block the view of Taal.

“We wanted a project that will blend with the ambiance, the ridge, and that has been in our mindset…Compliment and blend in the atmosphere in Tagaytay, the quaint, garden-type living lifestyle,” he said.

This rise of leisure residential projects highlights the growing market for second homes in the Philippines, so don’t be surprised if you find new developments near your favorite beach or mountain getaway.

(Article by Jekki Pascual for the ABS-CBN News Channel.)